“Glee” may be getting a name change in the U.K.
Britain’s High Court ruled on Friday that Twentieth Century Fox must rename the show as it breaches the trademark of The Glee Club comedy chain, the Associated Press reports.
Judge Roger Wyland ruled in favor of Comic Enterprises, which owns The Glee Club, to prevent confusion between the two brands. Fox plans to appeal the decision, claiming that altering the name would be “unnecessary, unfair and disproportionate.”
Although the final sum is indeterminate, Wyland ordered Fox to make an interim payment of $170,000.
“I find it hard to believe that the cost of the re-titling and publicizing of the new name would be so prohibitive compared to the value of the series,” Wyland said. “I was told many times during the course of the trial how this series is a ‘blockbuster.’”
Fox stressed in a statement that the renaming is pending a Court of Appeals decision.
“We are pleased that the trial judge agreed to let the Appeal Court rule before ordering any relief that would adversely affect fans’ enjoyment of Glee in the U.K.” Fox said in a statement. “We look forward to the next stage of this case and remain confident in the merits of our argument.”